2nd Lt Frank Garniss, Leics Regt

garniss garniss at london funeral

Garniss Medal Card

Murdered on way to Beggars Brook Barracks to summon reinforcements. His body was found by a red cross nurse in her garden. killed 21/11/1920 aged 34

1885 Dec 27. Born Hull, Yorks

1891 census at 1, Kensington Terrace, Grange Street, Sculcoates, Kingston Upon Hull

1901 Living with his family at 6 St Silas St, Hull. He is an apprentice bricklayer

1901 census

1903 Joined West Yorks Regt as a Private 7161 in about Oct 1903 from his service number.

1911 He is shown to be a Private in 1st West Yorkshire Regt, 1st Battalion The Prince of Wale's Own West Yorkshire Regt, Connacht Barracks, Rawalpindi, Punjab, India

1911 census

1914 Dec 28 landed in France.1st Battalion. Landed St Nazaire (France) on 10 September 1914.

1915 Oct/Dec Married to Lilian Stow. Registered at Sculcoates vol 9d, p 526

1917 Oct 31. The undermentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.). :Commissioned 2nd Lt in 4th Leics Regt

1918 Oct/Dec son Frank Garniss born Hull

1920 Jul/Sep daughter Grace Garniss born Hull

1920 Oct 18 He had joined the Auxiliaries after 15 years service in the British Army. Service no 755. He lived in Hull. He joined the Auxiliaries at the same time as T/Cadet C A M Morris and they both were in 'L' Company.

1920 Nov 21. Two members of the Auxiliary Cadet Division, Temporary Cadets Frank Garniss and Cecil A. Morris were among a patrol of 17 Auxiliaries who responded to the scene of one of the attacks, armed with .45 caliber Webley revolvers and a carbine. The Auxiliaries had been alerted by the screaming of the maids. Temporary Cadets F. Garniss and C. A. Morris, were sent to Beggar’s Bush barracks for reinforcements.

But they were met by some of the IRA guards as they were crossing the Canal Bridge, brought to the garden of 16 Northumberland Road and shot. Both men were shot through the head but Garniss was also shot through the chest. The officer who found them testified ‘ I saw wounds in their heads which must have been fired at close range as their hair and skin was burnt.

Hansard report says The maid opened the door at 22 Lower Mount St and twenty men rushed in, and demanded to know the bedrooms of Mr. Mahon (Angliss) and Mr. Peel. Mr. Mahon's room was pointed out. They entered, and five shots were fired immediately at a few inches range. Mr. Mahon was killed. At the same time others attempted to enter Mr. Peel's room. The door was locked. Seventeen shots were fired through the panels. Mr. Peel escaped uninjured. Meanwhile another servant, hearing the shots, shouted from an upper window to a party of officers of the Auxiliary Division who had left Beggars Bush Barracks to catch an early train southward for duty. These officers at once attacked the house, after despatching two of their number, Temporary Cadets Morris and Garniss, to their depôt for reinforcements. They chased the assassins through the house and captured one whom their fire had wounded, and three others, all of whom were armed. Reinforcements on arrival were asked the whereabouts of Morris and Garniss, but replied that they knew nothing, and that the cadets had never arrived at the depôt. The reinforcements had arrived, of course, after hearing the firing. Search was made, and the bodies of Cadets Morris and Garniss were found by a Red Cross nurse lying in a neighbouring garden. They had apparently been intercepted by the murderers' pickets, taken to the back of the house, placed against the wall, and murdered. Both these officers had seen considerable service in the recent war in France.

garniss and wife


1st Witness was Thomas Mitchell

His funeral was attended by 25 ADRIC cadets under JC Fillery

£2500 compensation paid to his widow